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Labour Congress president set to take bill C-377 to court

Seven provincial governments argue the passage of bill C-377 amounts to interference in private affairs and clearly provincial jurisdiction, so expect the courts to get involved soon. So why were the Conservatives so adamant about ramming through a private members bill that had been around for years?
Bill C-377, a controversial private member's bill, would require unions such as Unifor to publicly disclose any spending of $5,000 or more and any salary of more than $100,000. (Andrew Vaughan/Canadian Press)

"The public and union members should have the right to know how their money is being spent.  C-377  gives them that right."   -  Conservative MP Russ  Hiebert  
Bill C-377 is sponsored by Conservative MP Russ Hiebert. (CP/Adrian Wyld)
 It took years of debate, but Conservative MP Russ Hiebert seems to have finally emerged victorious. His union transparency legislation, Bill C-377, the one he's championed since 2012, is set to become law. 

It was muscled through the Senate by a Conservative majority and passed on the eve of Canada Day. 

But Canadian unions are not prepared to call it a done deal. They see this as a direct attack on them and their members, and are vowing to fight it. 

For some insight into the bill, we were joined by BuzzFeed Canada politics reporterEmma Loop in Ottawa. 

As you can imagine, this legislation has been a hot topic amongst organized labour groups. 

This segment was produced by The Current's Ines Colabrese, Marc Apollonio and Howard Goldenthal.
 


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